After Madrid I got the bus down to Granada. I could have happily stayed in Madrid, however it is really expensive for accommodation at weekends (so many people go to Madrid for the weekend that they can put the price up), so I thought I would head out to be ready to travel on to my next destination.
I have been to Granada relatively recently, which is why I wasn’t so bothered about it this time. I had a walk through Sacromonte, where the Gitanos (Gypsies) live in caves (although these days a lot of the caves have been bought up by foreign investors).
I already have a post on Sacromonte here; the writing style is very different (I was going for something different with the blog in those days), but the photos are good, even if I do say so myself 🙂
Having done all the main tourist things already, this time I went to visit Plaza Joe Strummer, a small plaza overlooking the Sierra Nevada mountains a few blocks out of town that is named after the former Clash frontman.
Joe Strummer was a great fan of this part of Spain. He ran off here after the breakup of his band, his interest fuelled by old flatmates and an ex-girlfriend with whom he would discuss Spanish politics.
He also had a great interest in the Granada poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed by fascists in the Spanish civil war and buried in an unmarked grave. At one point he and a friend went out with shovels and tried to dig up Lorca’s grave, but were unable to find it.
Strummer immortalised the region in his 1979 song Spanish Bombs…